by Al Jazeera : Since Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist and leader of the right-wing BJP party, became prime minister of India in May 2014, groups of radical Hindu nationalists have been terrorising religious minorities across the country. According to a leading Christian rights group, at least 600 such attacks took place between Modi's election and August of this year. One hundred and forty-ni...
by Marwan Bishara : Travelling with Syrian friends nowadays can be truly unpleasant. Even in the Arab world. Or should I say: especially in the Arab world. At times, it's plain drama, other times it's utter comedy; depending on the immigration officer and the backroom intelligence agent. Despite the solidarity with their cause in the West and East alike, officially, they are mostly unwelcomed, e...
by Chandrahas Choudhury : Behind the extraordinary transformation of India's landscape promised, but not yet delivered, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a parallel development is taking place. It is an alteration in what might be called "the common-sense of the republic", and if not exactly presided over by Modi, it has been greatly enabled by him. The relationship is one of mutual con...
by Richard Falk : Saudi Arabia enjoys a spectacular level of impunity from international accountability. This is not only because it has the world’s richest and largest royal family with influence spread far and wide. And it is not even just about oil, although having a quarter of the world’s pre-fracking energy reserves still engenders utmost deference from those many modern economies that will...
by Dr Daud Abdullah : When the chairman of the Palestinian National Council (PNC) called a meeting of the body for 15-16 September the date reverberated darkly, for it was on 16 September 1982 that the Lebanese Christian Phalangist militia, acting with the support of the Israeli army, perpetrated the Sabra and Shatila massacre of Palestinian refugees. The slaughter took place less than three
by Lydia Noon : The entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City is partially blocked by police vans. “Where are you from?” barks one of several Israeli police officers at a makeshift checkpoint near Damascus Gate. “Britain,” I reply. He looks confused. “UK… England.” He’s not happy. “Are you Muslim?” I shake my head. He passes my passport on to his colleague who asks if I am a tourist. ...
by Al Jazeera : Khaled Khoja,president of the Syrian National Coalition, discusses Russia's military offensive in the war-torn country. For the past four-and-a-half years, the Syrian people have experienced violence and some of the most horrific war crimes of our times in a conflict that began with anti-government protests before spiralling into a multi-front war. Before the Russian invasion of ...
from MME : Netanyahu thought that the weakness in the Arab region would give him a chance to partition Al-Aqsa, but this will not happen' - Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the islamic movement in Israel.The head of the Islamic Movement in Israel has blamed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the ongoing escalation of tension and violence in the occupied Palestinian territories, Anadolu has reported...
Spells disaster for communal harmony. By Latheef Farook : An Israeli Parliamentary delegation visited Sri Lanka from 24 to 30 of September 2015. According to reports the delegation had discussions with Secretary-General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake on areas of mutual interest, security arrangements in Parliament, the public outreach and employing disabled people in Parliament.
by Dr Ramzy Baroud : Imagine the Syrian war from the point of view of ordinary Syrians from a variety of backgrounds. They are most likely to offer a different perspective and to hold entirely different expectations than most other parties involved. A resident of Idlib, a villager from Deraa, a housewife, a teacher, a nurse or an unemployed ex-prisoner from anywhere else in Syria would
by Amiya Jha : Today, wherever the saffron flag flies high, you can slaughter a man on the mere suspicion that he slaughtered a cow - or a calf as in this case - and be hailed for standing up for the Hindu cause. And when the alleged killers are rounded up hundreds take to the streets - not to protest the murder but to denounce the police action. This is precisely what happened last Monday in Bi...
by Meron Rapoport : The last few weeks have seen a discussion in Israel whether the recent deadly events are the beginning of a new Intifada or just a periodic burst of violence. The killing of two settlers near Nablus on Thursday and of two Israelis in the old city of Jerusalem on Saturday, combined with wide-scale clashes all over the West Bank and Jerusalem have put an end to this discussion....
by Al Jazeera : A coalition of Muslim groups has filed a suit in New York against Myanmar President Thein Sein and other government officials for alleged crimes against the Rohingya minority - crimes which, they say, amount to genocide. The suit alleges Rohingya are targets of hate crimes amounting to "genocide" fuelled by monks and Thein Sein government. The suit comes a month ahead o...
by Amr Salahi : Russia’s military intervention in Syria has been sold to the world as action against Daesh but it is now clear that the real targets are anyone but the militant group. On the first day of the airstrikes, 65 people were killed, the vast majority civilians. The casualties of these airstrikes are added to the estimated 200-300,000 casualties of the Syrian conflict – 95 per cent of t...
by Nick Rodrigo : On 1 September, Alejandro Maldonado was installed as Guatemalan president. The choice was controversial due his role in nullifying the conviction of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, who had been sentenced for acts of genocide during the civil war. This thirty-six year war was a particularly brutal episode in Guatemala’s troubled postcolonial history and still leaves deep woun...
by Nafeez Ahmed : Last month, the Washington DC-based Physicians for Social Responsibility (PRS) released a landmark study concluding that the death toll from 10 years of the "War on Terror" since the 9/11 attacks is at least 1.3 million, and could be as high as 2 million. The 97-page report by the Nobel Peace Prize-winning doctors' group is the first to tally up the total number of ci...
by IndiaTomorrow.net : Pune, 5 Oct 2015: Lashing out at the incumbent union government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ideological mentor Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS) for their “oppressive attitude towards minority communities and Dalits,” retired Indian judges gave the call for an “RSS Mukt Bharat” (RSS-Free India) at a rally in Pune on Sunday. Ex-High Court Justice B.G. Ko...
by Jehan Perera : By co-sponsoring the resolution on Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka the government has taken the initiative with regard to the implementation of its recommendations. Some of the recommendations are controversial. The main controversial recommendation is to set up a judicial accountability mechanism with international participation.
by Jessica Purkiss : The Palestinian flag flies for the first time at the United Nations headquarters after a flag-raising ceremony in the Rose GardenThe Palestinian flag flies for the first time at the United Nations headquarters after a flag-raising ceremony in the Rose GardenOn Wednesday, 30 September, the Palestinian flag was raised for the first time at the United Nations headquarters in Ne...
by Abdul Bari Masoud : At a time when the country is horrified and shocked over the brutal killing in Dadri, which is much closed to the National Capital, the situation at the spot of the incident is getting vitiated every passing day with the involvement of the BJP and its supporters. After this ghastly incident, it’s frightening to know that media is being targeted and radical elements are hav...
by Dr Javed Jamil : New Delhi: Renowned thinker and analyst, Dr. Javed Jamil has called upon all lovers of peace to realise the dangers ahead, not only on account of violence of various kinds, but also on account of the Second Round of Privatisation, which has begun under Modi Government. He was delivering a talk on “Growing Fascism in India, its causes and solution” at Jamaat-e Islami Hind Head...
by Sabreena Razaq Hussain : It is little difficult to erase from the minds of those who performed Hajj this year and those who watched the tragedy that took place in Makkah and Meena. Different eye witness accounts are given. Some call Crane Crash as act of God, while others say No. It is a human error. Meena tragedy as multi layers of tales. One version is that gates were closed for Royalty, ...
by Kapil Komireddi : For far too long, the enduring response of the Indian establishment to Hindu nationalists has rarely surpassed mild scorn. Their organised violent eruptions across the country – slaughtering Muslims and Christians, destroying their places of worship, cutting open pregnant wombs – never seemed sufficient enough to the state to cast them as a meaningful threat to India's natio...
by Ravish Kumar, NDTV : How can all this be normal? How can life on the streets of Basehara village go on, as if nothing happened here, and whatever happened was not wrong? It has just been two days since a massive mob pulled someone out of his house and killed him. Before killing him, they made him run to the farthest corner of his home. They broke down his door with such beastly force that ins...
Parth M.N. Shashank Bengali : A mob killed a 50-year-old Muslim man and severely wounded his 22-year-old son in a northern Indian village over allegations they had eaten beef, which is anathema to conservative Hindus, police said Wednesday. Mohammad Akhlaq and his son, Danish, were dragged out of their house and beaten with bricks Monday night, family members said. Rumors that they had eaten a...
by Hilmy Ahamed : Wasim Thajudeen’s death and lackluster investigations took center stage during the run up to the August 2015 general elections. His body was exhumed, and after further examination was reburied a few days ago. I was a witness to the exhumation at the Dehiwela Mohiyadeen Jummah masjid. The media and civil society who were very vocal about Wasim’s death inquiry have now joined the...
by Catherine Shakdam : Space studies have established that at the very moment a star stands on the verge of its death, as its core becomes so unstable it starts to self-cannibalize, it begins to expand far beyond its regular size, appearing a giant when it is actually at its weakest and most vulnerable. Stephen Lendman, a veteran political analyst, acclaimed author and radio host for the Progres...
by Sharif Nashashibi : The PA president’s vague and inconsequential speech was a chance to make some major announcements – true to form, he wasted it. Rumours had been swirling prior to Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas's speech at the 70th UN General Assembly on Wednesday, at which his country's flag was raised for the first time. Speculation was fuelled by Abbas reportedly pro...
by Justice Markandey Katju : Islam spread from Spain to Indonesia because of its great message of equality. People who were oppressed converted to Islam as it gave them social emancipation. Only 5% conversions may have been forcible, but 95% were voluntary. In Bengal about 60% Hindus converted to Islam because the caste system there had become totally inhuman ( see the novels and stories of the ...
by Yezid Sayigh : Contention about the pros and cons of the Oslo Accords, which were signed by Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in September 1993, is unlikely to end anytime soon. But what is incontrovertible is that they created a strategic opening for new forms of Palestinian action from which, ironically, even opponents of the acco...
Spells disaster for communal harmony.
By Latheef Farook :
An Israeli Parliamentary delegation visited Sri Lanka from 24 to 30 of September 2015. According to reports the delegation had discussions with Secretary-General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake on areas of mutual interest, security arrangements in Parliament, the public outreach and employing disabled people in Parliament.
by Vladimir Radyuhin
On Sunday, Crimea voted to split away from Ukraine and return to the Russian fold. For a vast majority of Crimea’s Russian-speaking population this is an act of redressing a monumental injustice that happened in 1991 when Crimea, which geographically, ethnically and historically is more Russian than many regions of Russia itself, became part of a
foreign state as the Soviet Union broke up along arbitrarily drawn administrative borders.
However, reuniting a divided people may not have been the prime motive that forced President Vladimir Putin’s hand in Crimea. The Ukraine crisis is viewed in Moscow as a continuation of the Western plan to encircle Russia militarily and torpedo its reintegration efforts in the former Soviet Union.
The new leaders in Kiev installed with the West’s support are the same people who staged the “orange revolution” in Ukraine in 2004 and set Ukraine on the path of NATO membership.
Ukraine’s induction into NATO would be a strategic catastrophe for Russia. NATO would come within 425 kilometres of Moscow, cut off Russia from the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, and squeeze it out of the Caucasus.
Conservative Russian philosopher Alexander Dugin, whose ideas of Russia’s Eurasianism as opposed to Western ultra-liberalism increasingly resonate in the Kremlin, views the current upheaval in Ukraine as “the battle of the unipolar world of U.S. hegemony against Russia.”
“Whereas in Libya we shunned the battle, because we had [President Dmitry] Medvedev at the helm, in Syria and Ukraine we have taken up the gauntlet,” Prof. Dugin wrote last month.
In Ukraine, Mr. Putin made the same point he has been driving home in Syria: regime change by force is illegal. When Western nations hailed the overthrow of a democratically elected government in Ukraine as “a democratic free choice of the Ukrainian people,” Mr. Putin’s reply was: Crimea also has the right to make its own free choice.
The West pushed Mr. Putin too far in Ukraine, which is more than just a former Soviet state. It is where the Russian nation was born — in medieval “Kievan Rus” — and it is still part of the “Russian world.” The West’s efforts to bring Ukraine into its orbit were viewed in Moscow as an encroachment on Russia itself.
“For Russia, it is not just a red line; it’s a solid double red line that no one is permitted to cross,” said Fyodor Lukyanov, Chairman of Russia’s authoritative Council on Foreign and Defence Policy.
Ukraine, the second most powerful economy in the former Soviet Union, is a linchpin to Mr. Putin’s plan to build the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), a Moscow-led version of the European Union. The U.S. denounced the plan as a disguised attempt to re-create the Soviet Union and vowed to disrupt it.
“There is a move to re-Sovietize the region,” Hillary Clinton said in 2012, when she was still U.S. Secretary of State. “It’s not going to be called that. It’s going to be called a Customs Union, it will be called Eurasian Union and all of that.”
“But let’s make no mistake about it,” she added. “We know what the goal is and we are trying to figure out effective ways to slow down or prevent it.”
An “effective way” to wreck Mr. Putin’s project was found when the European Union offered Ukraine an “either-or” choice between closer ties with Europe or membership in Mr. Putin’s EEU. As former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote years ago, “Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be an empire in Eurasia.”
Mr. Yanukovych used the E.U. talks for a free trade and association pact in order to play Europe against Russia in an attempt to get the best deals from both sides, but overplayed his hand. When he scuttled the E.U. pact last November in favour of a multi-billion Russian aid package, Ukrainians felt robbed of their hopes for prosperous life in affluent Europe. It was an illusion assiduously nurtured by Western politicians and the media, but Mr. Yanukovych’s turnaround triggered mass protests that eventually brought down his kleptocratic and inept regime.
Apart from geopolitical compulsions, Moscow’s support for Crimea’s breakaway bid was driven by important domestic considerations. The protests in Ukraine, manipulated as they were by the West, reflected the rise of grass-root civic activity against corruption and authoritarianism — the same problems that bedevil Russia and that brought thousands of anti-government protesters onto the streets of Moscow two years ago. By intervening in Ukraine, Mr. Putin sought to stop the surging pro-democracy wave from spilling over to Russia.
Mr Putin is widely expected to seek a fourth presidential term in 2018. However, the protest rallies against his return to presidency in 2012 were a sign of growing wariness with his rule. A poll conducted by the respected Levada Centre last year found that half of Russians would like to see a new leader in 2018. A multi-thousand-strong rally in Moscow at the weekend showed that anti-Putin sentiments are still strong among West-oriented urbanites.
However, overall, Russians support Mr. Putin’s policy on Crimea’s reunification. A March survey showed that Mr. Putin’s approval ratings rose by 10 per cent in one month and were at the highest level in years.
Experts said Mr. Putin needs a new agenda to retain voter support — reassembly of lost Russian lands. “Putin has exhausted the limit of people’s gratitude for having saved the country from chaos and ruin,” said Prof. Dugin. “He needs a new future-oriented strategy to re-establish his legitimacy. Eurasian integration of the former Soviet space would give him such strategy.”
Mr. Putin’s intervention in Ukraine has brought Russia strategic gains but is fraught with serious risks.
Crimea’s reunification with Russia solves the problem of the Black Sea Fleet, which Ukraine’s new leaders vowed to shut down and for which there is no other basing location that does not freeze in winter. Russia retains strategic grip on the region and ability to project its naval power to the Mediterranean and beyond.
The Ukraine and Western powers said they would not recognise Crimea’s split from Ukraine, but Russia argued that Kosovo’s self-proclaimed independence from Serbia provided legitimate precedent. Moscow recalled the 2010 ruling by the U.N. International Court of Justice, which said that unilateral declaration of independence by a part of a country did not violate international law.
The example of Crimea has inspired other Russian-speaking regions of Ukraine to demand greater powers from the centre. If Ukraine switches from a unitary state to a federation, the pro-Russia regions will get the right to block any sharp swing of the country towards the West.
At the same time there is a risk of Ukraine sinking into chaos. Mr. Yanukovych’s downfall left Ukraine in shatters. The country is bankrupt and heading for default. The new authorities’ shaky grip on power may weaken further as they embark on harsh austerity measures to qualify for urgent assistance from the International Monetary Fund and Western governments.
The rise of far right and neo-Nazi groups, who spearheaded deadly clashes in Kiev last month, widened the chasm between Ukraine’s pro-Russia southeast and nationalist west. If Ukraine breaks up along the east-west divide, its western part will join NATO. This would be a dubious victory for Russia.
Russia’s relations with the West are fast deteriorating, but how far they will slide back is an open question. “The West and Russia have sailed into uncharted waters,” said Dmitry Trenin, head of the Carnegie Moscow Centre.
The analyst predicted that U.S.-Russia geopolitical rivalry will intensify and affect their collaboration on Syria, Iran and Afghanistan. “Although the static military confrontation is unlikely to be resurrected, nuclear deterrence will be reaffirmed, and competition in the military sphere will spread to other areas, from cyberspace to conventional prompt global strike,” Mr. Trenin wrote in Foreign Policy.
Economic sanctions the U.S. and Europe threaten to impose against Russia will push it further towards China, experts said. India may also benefit from Russia’s pivot to the East, winning greater access to Russian energy resources and speeding up talks for a free trade agreement.
It is symbolic that the new round of East-West confrontation centred on Crimea, home to the 1945 Yalta Conference, at which the Soviet Union made its World War Two allies recognise its security interests far beyond its borders.
Keywords: Russia-Crimea bilateral relations, Crimea political situation, Vladimir Putin, 1945 Yalta Conference
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சவுதி அரேபிய மன்னர் சல்மான் அண்மையில் பிரான்ஸின் தென் பகுதிக்கு விஜயம் மேற்கொண்டார். உலகின் மிகவும் ஆடம்பரமான மிகச்சிறந்த விடுமுறை தலத்துக்கு தான் அவர் விஜயம் செய்தார். 2015 ஜுலை 25ல் மூன்று வாரகால ஆடம்பர விடுமுறையாக இது தொடங்கியது.
கொழும்பில் சேரிகளில் வறுமையுடனும் பட்டினியுடனும்; வாழும் படிப்பறிவற்ற முஸ்லிம் மக்கள் அன்றாடம் அனுபவித்து வரும் துன்பங்களை எல்லாம் அலட்சியம் செய்து விட்டுத்தான் வளர்ச்சி கண்டு வரும் ஆசியாவின் அதிசயம் என்று கொழும்பு நகரை நாம் பெருமையுடன் வர்ணித்துக் கொண்டு இருக்கின்றோம். அடுத்தடுத்து பதவிக்கு வந்த அரசாங்கங்களினதும் முஸ்லிம் அரசியல்வாதிகளினதும் வெற்கக் கேடான நிலைமைக்கு கொழும்பு நகரம் தொடர்ந்தும் ஒரு சான்றாக திகழ்கின்றது.Read more
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தமது சொந்த நலன்களுக்காக செயற்படுகின்ற வியாபாரிகள், ஊடகவியலாளர்கள்....
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Vladimir Putin's speech - SHORTEST SPEECH EVER.
No wonder he was selected by Forbes as the most powerful person in the world. This is one time our elected leaders should pay attention to the advice of Vladimir Putin. I would suggest that not only our leaders but every citizen of USA and Canada should pay attention to this advice. How scary is that? It is a sad day when a Communist Leader makes more sense than our LEADERS here in the U.S.A., Australia and Canada but here it is! Read More.......
Sri Lanka is passing through the worst ever political crisis since independence. Among the others, veteran independent journalist Latheef Farook has been highlighting burning Muslim issues which the mainstream media often ignores or distorts.
However he needs your cooperation to carry on this strenuous, costly and time consuming work which is the need of the hour.Read more
Veteran Sri Lankan award winning journalist and author Latheef Farook presenting copies of his books- America's New World Order EXPORTING WARS and Muslims Under Siege- to prominent Islamic scholar Professor Tariq Ramadan who is now in the island on a lecture tour at a meeting held at the Havelock City Club house on Saturday 19 September 2015.
War crime backed by US, UK Europe and Arab dictators led by Saudi Arabia and Egypt
by Latheef Farook
Gaza is a small beach side strip of around 365 sq miles by the Mediterranean Sea. Sandwiched between Egypt and Israel this territory with about 1.9 million Palestinians is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Most of the inhabitants here are refugees who traditionally owned their homes andRead more
by Latheef Farook
Buddha preaches love and compassion. If the Buddha is there, he will protect the Muslims whom the Buddhists are attacking- Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama.
While the Sinhala Zionist Bodu Bala Sena,BBS,gangsters were killing Muslims, looting and burning Muslim owned properties in Aluthgama, Dharga Town, Beruwala and the surrounding areas on June 15 and 16, 2014 in Colombo an all out effort was made to cover up this carnage with a media blackout.Covering up the Carnage on Muslims of Aluthgama, Dhargha Town, Beruwala & the surrounding areas
This article is in response to an article published in the Ceylon Today on 17 July 2014,under the title " International Hypocrisy".
In the Face of Blood Thirsty Settler State of Israel’s never Ending Barbarity
So called human rights champions US, UK and Europe have been traditional collaborators while UN remains helpless.
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